Newsletter - 25 March 2021

Issue 8


Principal's Report

Coming up
We are about to enter the final week of what has been a successful, rewarding and very tiring first term. There have been many positive moments and we remain realistic but optimistic in managing what remains ahead of us.

School Council - We are looking forward to meeting with new and returning members when School Council meets on Monday.  I will inform our community next week who has been elected for the executive roles.

Please don’t forget - In a tradition that predates my 35 years in the education field, on the last day of terms 1, 2 and 3, school ends an hour early (2 hours early at the end of the year).  Next week that will be on Thursday at 2.30 pm, as the holiday starts with Good Friday the following day.  Our TheirCare OSHC program begins at this earlier time.

Facilities news - I was pleased that improvements to the Lorikeet relocatable classroom, (until recently the classroom closest placed to the oval) started during January with the creation of a teacher meeting space and extension of the student learning space, were further enhanced on Tuesday with the replacement of the damaged and badly stained outside awnings with new slimline and stylish shade mesh blinds.  The rooms are now really good teaching and learning spaces.

The Lorikeet has had a practical and smart improvement in its appearance.

The hard work of preparing the Wallaby building for the underpinning works has finally started.  Pictured is a view from where the women’s toilets were located through to the door to the sick bay.  There has been lots of earth and old building materials removed since this picture was taken on Tuesday.  At least when the work is finished we will gain a set of renovated toilets.           

Work has finally been able to start in Wallaby.

Emergency management
We can anticipate that we will have an emergency management drill before the end of term.  The teachers will speak to the younger students about how practising when it is safe, can really help us in the unlikely event of a genuine emergency.

Rick moving the signs to assist with an anticipated Emergency Management drill.


From Zowi, our school nurse

As you are all aware COVID guidelines still remain in place for schools. Social distancing, hand hygiene, limits to numbers of people within enclosed rooms and so on.

A reminder that hand hygiene is still crucial to continued success in keeping illness number down at school.
Students and staff should be observing good handwashing and or hand sanitizing regularly throughout the day.
We have also had a run of kids vomiting at school.
I would always encourage staff to send kids to sick bay for assessment, however I have noticed a larger than usual number of kids attending sick bay with the aim of going home (if you get what I mean).
While I do my best to filter out the players there are bound to be times I may not get it right.

If possible and when you can find the time could staff please have a discussion about us all maintaining good hygiene practices (hand washing, sharing food etc. and maybe a bit of a chat about being truthful when needing to attend sick bay).  “The kid who cried wolf”

Late to school
We continue to stress that with a return to a largely unrestricted school day, we are expecting all students to be at school, ready to learn at 9.00 am.  When students arrive later, it is disruptive to the class or specialist teacher and the grade.  All gates will continue to be opened at 8.50 am with only the main office entrance on Blandford Street (see explanation below) open after 9.00 am.

Change of access to school office
For the duration of the Wallaby repair works, Blandford St will be the front entrance of the school.  All gates currently being used (with the addition of the single, pedestrian gate on Blandford) will be available for entry and departure daily.  After 9 am, all but the new double gate on Blandford (the new access gate to the office), will close.

Signs at the Blandford entrance and on our new temporary Admin building indicate the direction to travel.

2nd Hand Uniform Sale
Don't forget, after a very successful second hand uniform stall operating last week, it will return on Monday.  A very big apreciation to Parents Association volunters. 

Dual lunch times at the Lunch Box canteen
A reminder to parents and carers when booking lunch times, please ensure that you select the tab indicating what grade your child or children are in.  This is important, as this year we have different lunch times for the senior and junior school.  This requirement has added considerable complexity for the Lunch Box staff in preparing lunches at the right time, so it in everyone’s interest to get this right.  Who wants to deal with hungry kids?

The warm weather of last week has been replaced by humid, wet weather.  We can at least appreciate the ground is soft and plants are well watered.




Coming Events



Mon Mar 292nd Hand Uniform Sale 3:20pm
Mon Mar 29First Meeting for New School Council members 6.30pm
Thur Apr 1

Mon Apr 19

First day of Term 2
Thur Apr 29Grade 3/4 Excursion - Connection to Country - Royal Botanic Gardens - 10:15 - 2:15
Thur May 6Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #1
9.30 - 11am

Thur May 6Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #2
6.00 - 7.00pm (includes option for Live feed)

Fri May 7Mother's Day Stall
Thur May 27Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #3
9.30 - 11am
Thur June 3Prep 2022 Parent Information Session #4
9.30 - 11am
Mon June 7 & Mon June 21Grade 5 & 6 CERES Excursion
Tue June 15 & Wed June 16Parent/Teacher interviews and Student Led Conferences (5-6).

Pupil of the Week






Consistently being an attentive listener and displaying respect to your teacher and classmates. It is appreciated!



Being a friendly, kind and inclusive member of our class.

Sam J


Participating enthusiastically during class discussions. Great effort!



The positive attitude and growth mindset you bring to school every day. 



Her improvement in her fluency and expression when reading. Keep up the great effort! 



Working hard on your recount writing. It’s great that you are listening for and recording sounds in words. Keep it up!



The excellent effort he has applied to his reading. Keep up the great effort! 



Always trying his personal best and being a good role model to his peers. Zane consistently follows the Tribes agreements and encourages his peers to make good choices.



Showing great attentive listening during instruction time on the floor. Well done.



Participating enthusiastically during class discussions. Fantastic effort! 



Approaching the incursion on drawing emotions with enthusiasm. Well done Hudson!



The great detail he put into his drawings during the incursion. Fabulous effort Felix. 



Being a wonderful environment team representative.



Being so friendly and inclusive of all his classmates and for always doing his personal best.



Consistently contributing to class discussions and for always treating others with respect. Great work, Nicholas!

Harry A


Doing your personal best in maths and being a good person.

Alex C


Being a wonderful classmate

and friend to the students in 4CL.

Best wishes at your new school.



Being a great classmate and a true friend. We will miss you when you leave FWPS.



Being a collaborative and supportive classmate, especially when working in groups.



His curiosity in learning and eagerness to participate in class discussions.



Showing great resilience in maths and having a 'can do' attitude. Well done Tay!



Showing a growth mindset during Maths sessions.



The resilience and independence that you've shown throughout your injury.



Being friendly and inclusive and always following the Tribes Agreements. Wonderful effort Greta!

Grade 6 Social

On Monday the 22nd March, the grade 6s had a spectacular afternoon while dancing and playing many fun games, such as - musical statues, limbo, tug of war and the rock, paper, scissors tournament. The winners of each game got a bag of lollies to share with their designated table. In between the transition of the games, there was a 10 minute break for a little dance off. If you were putting your true effort into dancing, you would get a lolly  from the lucky dip bowl! 

Your table also had to create a poster and an inspirational quote that represents Footscray West Primary School. You could also bring casual clothes to change into in the last two sessions of senior school. 

The grade 6s had a memorable and entertaining first social of the year. Thanks to the grade 6 teachers for supervising the afternoon of fun!

Vicky and Sophia from 6TS

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2021 Is Now Open!

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Footscray West Primary is excited to be participating.

The challenge is open to all students from Prep to Year 6. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 1 September 2021.

If you are a student Prep – Year 2 you will be automatically registered and will complete the challenge at school.

If you are a student Year 3-6 you need to:

  • Register as a challenger to get a login and keep a record of your reading on the challenge website
  • Read 15 books during the challenge with at least 10 from the official booklist

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

If your child is keen to join the Reading Challenge please let me know in the library so they can be entered on the database and assigned a username and password to access the website.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

If you have any queries  or want more information please see me in the library.



Classroom Helpers 2021

After such a long break from having parents/carers onsite, we were pleased that this term we could welcome our community back onto the school grounds.

While COVID is still with us there have been some lifting of restrictions by the Department of Education, which means that we can again run our FWPS Classroom Helpers program, a participatory requirement prior to helping out at our school.

Many of our parents/carers in grades 2 – 6 will have previously participated in a Classroom Helpers session.  However there was limited access last year for the 2020 prep parents before we all went in to lockdown. 

This year we have scheduled five sessions on a Thursday morning with a choice of either participating in the program face to face at the school, or online.  We are however still limited to the number of adults we can have in any space and therefore numbers for each session will be capped.

To help in the school or to attend excursions or camps, you must attend (or have attended previously) one of the sessions and hold a current Working with Children’s card.

Sessions are scheduled for the following Thursdays from 9.15 am – 10.45 am (face to face) and 9.30am – 11am (online)

29th April – face to face at the school

6th May – online via Webex

13th May - face to face at the school

20th May – face to face at the school

27th May – online via Webex

Details of how to book for one of these sessions will be communicated shortly. 

We are looking forward to meeting the parents/carers of our students.

Anne Reciszen and Kaye Cameron


Prep Tours 2022

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Preps in 2022.
Come along to find out about our school community and programs.
Parents and families are invited to visit Footscray West Primary School for
a tour and information session on the dates and times listed below.

Thursday 6th of May - 9:30 – 11:00 am and 6:00 - 7:00pm
The evening session will be held onsite, however this session will also be presented live on WebEx.

Thursday 27th of May - 9:30 – 11:00 am

Thursday 3rd of June - 9:30 – 11:00 am
Bookings will be required and will open on Thursday 29th April 2021.  Stay tuned to our website and newsletters for more information. 

Enrolment forms will be available at our first school tour on
Thursday the 6th of May and accepted at the office any time after this session.

Please check to see if you reside within our school zone at

Parents Association

Hello, and thank you to our delightful school community for supporting the Parents Association's 2nd Hand Uniform Pop-Up Shop 2 weeks ago! Many parents bought several bargains and helped to raise over $750. A huge thanks also goes to the volunteers who helped set up and run the Pop Up shop. Thank you to Julie, Rebecca, Sarah, Dee, Desley, Adele, Krystal, Marcela and Teresa. The PA also wish to thank the lovely ladies in the school office for accepting all the uniform donations as they come in, and for helping behind the scenes with the Pop-Up shop.

But wait… we still have more uniforms we would like to re-home, so let’s do it again!


When: Monday 29th March 

When: 3.20pm to 3.40pm 

Where: Weather Permitting: On the basketball courts  

Branded PSW clothing and school bags $5 each, and everything else $1.  

If you have unforms to donate, we are accepting branded uniform items only.  Please drop them off to the school office.  For uniforms that have been too worn (or even destroyed) the PA will be collecting these and donating them to sustainability champions “UPPAREL” who will ethically upcycle or recycle all donations. 

If you have time to volunteer with this Pop-Up shop, please email .  Without volunteers we are unable to hold the sale.  

Mother's Day Stall
We have lots of people working away to deliver the annual Mother’s Day Stall on Friday 7th of May. If you would like to get in touch to support the organisers please send us an email. The Mother’s Day stall is lots of fun and it is such a special experience for the kids.

Enjoy the rest of the week,

Sharee, Tinny and Kate

Parent Association Executive Team

Orchard to Plate Cookbook for Sale